Eason, Edward Bruton (1905-1943)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Edward Bruton Eason (1905-1943), born 27 September 1905, son of Edward William Eason and Flora A. E. Eason of Kew, Surrey, formerly of Mount Nod Road, Streatham.
Married to Mary Graham Eason of Kew.
Attended Dulwich Preparatory School.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) May 1919-July 1923; 6th form; XXX blazer; Senior Class Leader; Lance-Corporal in OTC; Trebles.
Fellow of Chartered Surveyors Institution and of Auctioneer and Estate Agents Institute.
WW2, Major, 64 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Awarded the M.C and bar. Killed in action outside Tunis on 6 May 1943, aged 37.
Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia, I. J. 1 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2196175/eason,-edward...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1943: 'Major E.B. Eason, M.C. and Bar. After leaving Sherborne School, E.B. Eason was articled to Sir William Wells, of the firm of Chesterton and Sons, Kensington High Street, London. During that time he passed the qualifying examinations of the Chartered Surveyors' Institution and of the Auctioneers' and Estate Agents' Institute. At the conclusion of his articles he worked for about two years under Sir Trustam Eve on rating practice in various parts of the Home Counties. He then joined his Grandfather and Father in the firm of Reynolds and Eason, of Bishopsgate in the City of London, and remained with that firm until he left to take part in the World War. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Surveyors Institution in 1935 and a Fellow of the Auctioneers' and Estates Agents' Institute in 1933. From the time of leaving Sherborne School until his death he was an energetic member of the Rosslyn Park Football Club, playing for many years in the first team and acting as Secretary of the Club for several years. On January 2nd, 1935, he married Mary Graham Jeffcoat, and had a daughter, Penelope Mary. He joined the 64th Medium Regiment, R.A., early in 1939, as a Territorial and went to the Middle East in 1940. He was in Libya, Greece, Crete and Syria.'
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, October 1943:
'Eason, Edward Bruton (f 1919-1923) was killed in action while serving as a Major in the Royal Artillery in North Africa; he had seen considerable fighting and six weeks after gaining the Military Cross he was awarded a Bar to his decoration. A brother officer writes: "Ted had in many units and places become almost a legendary figure for sheer guts and almost uncanny skill. He was one of the finest men I have known, the best and most delightful companion, and for sheer integrity of character hard to beat." '